Time to send an expert to U.S. Senate

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Ask Rand Knight why he is running for the U.S. Senate and you'll get this answer:

"I understand the struggles. I have a wife and two young children. I work a full-time job. I pay nearly $4 at the gas pump and I consistently see the price of groceries increasing. I can help lead the nation toward energy independence, energy efficiency and long-term economic security that will lead to an era of extended prosperity for everyone."

An ecologist with a Ph.D in ecosystems analysis, Rand spear-headed a team effort to get line-item legislative approval of the National Ecological Observatory Network -- a cyber-infrastructure gathering data on the nation's most compelling ecological challenges such as regional drought, violent storms, flooding, and tornadoes currently pounding parts of America. And he did it through consensus building, not filibustering.

"Our leadership's failure to recognize the massive economic opportunity that exists in building the infrastructure for clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency could result in more wars, economic despair and the collapse of the petroleum-dependent food production, processing and delivery network," he says.

We need more candidates like Rand with a vision of energy independence to invest in a new, energy-efficient infrastructure for the United States.

When Saxby Chambliss defeated Max Cleland in 2002, the price of crude oil was $29.04 a barrel. Now it's $139. Georgia's political destiny was entrusted to a lawyer for the last six years -- perhaps it is time to bring in an expert.

Amanda Lang, Augusta

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jack234 06/18/08 - 09:30 am
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Congratulations to Doc.

Congratulations to Doc. Rivers and the Boston Celtics. Obama on to the white house '08

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jack 06/18/08 - 11:57 am
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Osama ain't gettin' in the

Osama ain't gettin' in the WH. There ain't a damn thng he stands for that is good for this country. We don't need a Marxist socialist, anti-militry, racist in the WH as President/CinC. As for the writer's remark about the price of oil and laying it on Chambliss/GOP, ask her who blocked Republican efforts to drill in ANWR and off our costs as well as ease the environmental stndards that restrict oil company refiniery expansion/buildling? If she says DIMocRATS, she will prove she ain't as stupid as her letter would have us believe.

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impishparrot 06/18/08 - 01:15 pm
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Here is a sample of some of

Here is a sample of some of Saxby Chambliss's recently sponsored bills:
S.Res. 308: A resolution congratulating the Warner Robins American Little League team of Warner Robins, Georgia, for winning the championship game of the Little League World Series.
S.Res. 324: A resolution supporting the goals and ideals of "National Life Insurance Awareness Month".
S.Res. 369: A resolution designating November 25, 2007, as "Drive Safer Sunday".
S.Res. 219: A resolution recognizing the year 2007 as the official 50th anniversary celebration of the beginnings of marinas, power production, recreation, and boating on Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia.
S. 1272: Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Act of 2007...
Considering all the problems we have in the US, Saxby Chambliss is just about as light-weight and useless as they come.

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OscarLewis 06/18/08 - 01:50 pm
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Great post Impishparrot. Rand

Great post Impishparrot.

Rand Knight is the kind of guy we need in Washington.

Knight is smart (you'd think that would be a given for all candidates), he's not one of these corporate hacks who deny the reality of global warming, he's a consensus builder (like Mr. Obama).

Go to Knight's web site:
http://www.knightforsenate.com/

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tomgahunter 06/18/08 - 02:26 pm
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Jack.. Saxby is NOT a

Jack.. Saxby is NOT a Republican he is a big spending, big government, pro immigration, anti vet RHINO. Randy Knight is a fine young man & would be a great Senator. He would repesent Georgia taxpayers not out of state special interest like Saxby & his lobbiest son.

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imdstuf 06/18/08 - 02:27 pm
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Jack again, there has only

Jack again, there has only been one request for a new refinery in the last fifteen years and the EPA approved that request. No one is stopping new refineries from being built, except for gas companies. What about the land with oil under it the government has already granted to oil companies? They do not want to use these. They just want to b*** about the lands they cannot touch because they are putting on a show. They do not want more supply because they know that would reduce their profit.

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imdstuf 06/18/08 - 02:27 pm
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Jack again, there has only

Jack again, there has only been one request for a new refinery in the last fifteen years and the EPA approved that request. No one is stopping new refineries from being built, except for gas companies. What about the land with oil under it the government has already granted to oil companies? They do not want to use these. They just want to b*** about the lands they cannot touch because they are putting on a show. They do not want more supply because they know that would reduce their profit.

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impishparrot 06/18/08 - 02:34 pm
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Jack, John McCain, the

Jack, John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee, thinks drilling in ANWR is a bad idea. On Tuesday, June 17, 2008, McCain made a hard pitch to give states the option to drill off their shores by lifting existing oil moratoriums, but maintained the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge should remain closed to exploration. QUOTE: Quite rightly, I believe, we confer a special status on some areas of our country that are best left undisturbed, he said. When America set aside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, we called it a refuge for a reason. END QUOTE Saxby Chambliss has sponsored 138 bills since Jan 1995, of which 100 haven't even made it out of committee. He doesn't carry much weight in Washington. We need someone who can write decent legislation and get it passed. Saxby is just occupying space.

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rustnrot 06/18/08 - 02:58 pm
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I have met Mr. Knight and am

I have met Mr. Knight and am very impressed with his experience, credentials and drive. He would make a great Senator for the State of Georgia. He has my vote and support on the primary on July 16.

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tomgahunter 06/18/08 - 03:27 pm
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Bush Again Vetoes Farm Bill

Bush Again Vetoes Farm Bill
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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: June 18, 2008
Filed at 12:53 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush on Wednesday vetoed a $290 billion farm bill for a second time, sending it back to Congress after a printing error threatened the delivery of U.S. food aid abroad.

Most of the bill was enacted in May, when both the House and Senate easily overrode Bush's first veto of the legislation. But 34 pages of the bill that would extend foreign aid programs were mistakenly missing from the parchment copy Congress sent the White House, so that section has not yet become law.

To ensure the aid continues amid a global hunger crisis -- and to prevent future legal challenges -- Congress and Bush are again passing, vetoing and enacting the entire bill to provide farm subsidies, food stamps and other nutrition programs over the next five years.

The mistake delayed shipments of food to Ethiopia, Myanmar and Somalia, said Stephen Driesler, the U.S. Agency for International Development's deputy assistant administrator for legislative and public affairs.

''We have orders ready to go,'' Driesler said Wednesday.

Both chambers should easily come up with the two-thirds majorities needed to override the second veto. The Senate passed the bill 77-15, and the House passed it 306-110.

Both the House and Senate were expected to take up the veto override Wednesday.

Bush contends the legislation, which extends agriculture and nutrition programs, is too expensive and too generous with subsidies for farmers. He opposed the legislation from the start and began threatening to veto it last July.

He said Congress missed an opportunity to make the bill better when it was passed a second time.

''For a year and a half, I have consistently asked that the Congress pass a good farm bill that I can sign,'' Bush said in his veto message. ''Regrettably, the Congress has failed to do so. At a time of high food prices and record farm income, this bill lacks program reform and fiscal discipline.''

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bone 06/18/08 - 07:02 pm
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did anyone get a load of

did anyone get a load of stephen driesler's title in the above story? "u.s. agency for international development's deputy assistant administrator for legislative and public affairs." yeah, we need more paperwork geniuses like this world-class doofus to forget 34 pages of a bill being sent to the POTUS.

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